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In support of World Wildlife Day 2020: IFAW joins CITES and UNDP to sponsor Global Youth Art Contest



CITES Secretary-General Ivonne Higuero met key ministries in China to discuss CITES compliance and enforcement

China in the process of raising protection level of pangolins in its domestic law

Wildlife films to animate the “biodiversity super year”

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not an official document.

New CITES Appendices as amended at CoP18 and new suites of Resolutions and Decisions enter into force

Geneva, 26 November 2019 –  In accordance with Article XV of the Convention and Resolution Conf. 4.6 (Rev. CoP18) respectively, the amendments to the CITES Appendices as adopted at CoP18 (17-28 August 2019, Geneva) and the new, revised and continued Resolutions and Decisions adopted at CoP18 enter into force today, namely 90 days after that meeting for all Parties except those which make reservations in accordance with paragraph 3 of  Article XV in the case of the Appendices.

Opening remarks of CITES Secretary-General Ivonne Higuer at the Debriefing of Operation Thunderball

Debriefing of Thunderball and Operation Demeter V

Opening remarks of CITES Secretary-General Ivonne Higuero

26 November 2019, Shenzhen, China

Your Excellency Mr Ni Yuefeng, Minister for China Customs

Your Excellency Mr Zhuang Guotai,, Vice Minister of Ecology and Environment

Your Excellency Mr Li Chunliang, Vice Administrator of the National Forestry and Grassland Administration

Mr Yang Hong, member of the Standing Committee of CPC of Shenzhen

“Sustaining all life on Earth” announced as theme of World Wildlife Day 2020


 “Sustaining all life on Earth” announced as theme of
World Wildlife Day 2020

Next UN World Wildlife Day 2020 will embrace the “biodiversity super year”

New study finds illegal trade in marine turtles persisting in Indonesia, Malaysia and Viet Nam

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not an official document.




Message from CITES Secretary-General Ivonne Higuero for the 2019 Asia Environmental Enforcement Awards

Under the theme Fighting Transboundary Environmental Crime

13 November 2019, Bangkok, Thailand


Madame Ambassador Rødsmoen
Distinguished Award Winners
Ladies and Gentlemen

CITES publishes ambitious programme of work for 2020-2022

Geneva, 7 November 2019 – The CITES Secretariat published today the full suite of Decisions adopted at the 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP18) held in Geneva, Switzerland from 17 to 28 August 2019.